The bald truth about leaders: U.S. likes 'em hairy

09/10/2008 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

A British biologist has discovered a pattern in the line of succession of Soviet leaders: a bald leader handed off to a hairy one almost every time, dating back to Vladimir Lenin (bald). If you count Vladimir Putin as bald -- he's pretty wispy on top -- the pattern continues to this day. Meanwhile, America has elected suspiciously few bald presidents: Ike, Ford and, if you squint, Warren Harding.

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